Asus GX-D1081, 8 Port Gigabit Switch Review

If you’re looking for an excellent performing, affordable, 8 Port, Gigabit Switch the Asus GX-D1081 is an excellent choice and highly recommended.

When you think of Routers and Switches d-link, netgear and cisco are the first brands that come to mind, Asus is normally associated with great performing Motherboards but it turns out they also make an excellent Gigabit switch as well.

We recently upgraded the networks at our office and home to gigabit speeds and were truly impressed with the price and performance of this Asus GX-D1081 switch. The GX-D1081 is compact, 8 port Gigabit Switch which looks great on the desktop or can be wall mounted in the utility room. The housing measures 1.18″ High by 3.86″ deep and 6.22″ wide.  It’s white in color with silver accents similar to Apple’s i-devices.

While some may prefer Black colored peripherals the Asus GX-D1081 looks good next to an Apple iMac, Mac Mini or Time Capsule.  The Asus GX-D1081 is an unmanaged switch and is very easy to install, essentially plug-n-play. The front panel contains dual colored LED’s for each ethernet port, an amber light indicates 100mb network speed while a green color LED indicates gigabit performance. Cat6 wiring is recommended for optimum performance but the switch works great with either Cat5 or Cat 6 cabling as well as a mixed environment of 100MB and 1GB network devices. Unlike some switches which slow down to the lowest speed for all network connected devices the Asus maintains individual port transfer speeds.

Port #1 on is labeled as a VIP Port and is said to be configured as a priority port, we’re not sure if this is just Asus’s way of saying Port #1 is an up-link port, but when cascading switches are used this is our recommendation.

Asus markets the GX-D1081 as a Power-Saving Switch featuring Asus Green Network Technologies which is reported to be an advanced power-saving function that can save money on energy. The energy saving technology is said to conserve power while allowing the switch to run quiet and cool. While the switch is indeed quiet, it does run warm to the touch when handling continuous network traffic.

Lastly unlike most switches which come with a 1 year warranty the Asus GX-D1081 is backed by a full 2 years warranty.

Specifications:

Highlights: The new GX-D1081 Switch embedded Green Network Technology allows the user to conserve energy and still enjoys a lag free network. There is also with one VIP port or top priority port that contains the highest priority queue occupancy that ensures 80% data is transferred to there first. Asus SOHO Gigabit switch, is the best solution for high-Speed, Power-Reducing, benefiting Home/SOHO networking.

Interfaces: Ports: 8 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Network LAN

Forward/Filtering Rate: 1.5Mpps

MAC Address Table: 4K

Switch Fabric: 16Gbps (2Gbps per port in full duplex mode)

Packet Buffer Memory: 1M bits

Transmission Method: Store-and-Forward

Jumbo Frames: 12KB to reduce CPU loading

VIP Channel for Priority treatment of data

Power Consumption: 7.5W(with Adapter)

Power Supply: DC 12V 1A Switching adapter

Dimensions: 1.18″ Height x 3.86″ deep x 6.22″ wide

Weight: 260 g

Summary: Impressive performance for a swtich at this price. The Asus GX-D1081 is a solid, well built, compact, stylish, great performing Gigabit switch at an attractive price with energy saving Green Network Technology all backed by a 2 year warranty.

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3 Responses to Asus GX-D1081, 8 Port Gigabit Switch Review

  1. Frankie Wise says:

    I wish to thank you for your thorough review. I purchased two of these switches and they’re excellent!

    Keep up the good work

  2. doogle268 says:

    “an amber light indicates 100mb network speed while a green color LED indicates gigabit performance”

    From what I can see it is exactly the opposite. Please clarify. Thanks for the post.

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